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S. Sudan assembly starts public hearing on Auditor’s report

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August 12, 2012 (JUBA) - The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will effective Monday begin the long-awaited public hearing on the Auditor General’s 2007/2008 report, which unearthed massive financial mismanagement in the country.

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Kom Kom Geng, the chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), August 8, 2012 (ST)

The hearings, according to a statement issued by the committee’s clerk, are part of the scrutiny and fact finding task of the PAC on the audit report for the two fiscal years, following Auditor General’s reports.

Steven Wondu, in his audit reports, reportedly found no evidence that the country’s Finance ministry based release of funds to government agencies on approved budget lines, contrary to the Financial Accounting and Procedures Ordinance (FAPO).

"Respect for the integrity of the budget remained a worrying challenge", Wondu’s audit reports read in part.

"While some institutions were cash starved, others received, on the discretion of the Ministry, more funds than were legally authorized", it adds.

The report, copies of which Sudan Tribune has obtained, mainly covers nine specific areas. These included; budget execution, oil revenues, non-oil revenue, payroll and operating expenditures, procurement and capital expenditure, bank and cash accounts, internal controls, maintenance and asset registers.

In the report, for instance, the Auditor General faults the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs of allegedly spending US$15,514,488, which it says was 475% out of budget, while the same ministry reportedly exceeded the budgetary payroll and operating expenditures by 202% and 112% respectively.

The Education, Science and Technology Ministry, the Auditor General noted, spent US$3,860,917 out of its allocated budget, and allegedly used SDG 8 million, initially meant for ‘casual workers’ in a manner unexplained.

Other agencies implicated include, the Health Ministry, the SSLA, Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, Finance and Economic Planning, Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Affairs, Internal Affairs, and South Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC).

Meanwhile, the Auditor General, in his declaimer accused the Interior and SPLA Affairs ministries of not submitting documents for audit, despite several attempts requesting them to do so through letters and meetings.

"In view of this, I am unable to render an opinion on the financial statements with respect to these ministries for the year 2007", he says in reference to the two ministries.
The four-day public hearing, which begins on Monday with the Ministry of General Education, will end Thursday with a presentation from the audit chambers.

(ST)

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  • 13 August 2012 07:49, by Kurnyel

    Report the negative issues just a report for the sake of report. what is in South Sudan gov,t hand to be report. Unless people of South Sudan

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  • 13 August 2012 08:35, by jjb south

    kom kom & the members,do your job without fear/favour to prove your purpose there.I know at de end no action will be taken against the criminals, but the public is watching & will kick them out of office come 2015.
    no action against those($4bn)75 thieves & your searching for more thieves & bilions missing, what a party & govt?
    you are finished guys "2015".!!!!

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    • 13 August 2012 08:53, by Marolditapei

      Hey guys stop writing to New Sudan Vision News and all other illegal forums using your real name or email. They do illegal transactions of verifying figures through hotmail, yahoo, google...etc. They report any verified figure to authorities through intelligence networks. They are corrupt journalists while they keep blaming the GoSS. Just trust Sudan Tribune only. Do not get chocked or give up

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      • 13 August 2012 09:01, by Marolditapei

        but start using fake names and emails only. Some of the owners of those companies work for individuals, families or tribal just like New Sudan Vision or Bor tribal newspaper. I have a good for this information. Actually I got the news from a relative is involved in transactions as such. He even told me that it generate him more income. There is media crisis in RSS as journalists nor authorities

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      • 13 August 2012 18:18, by panom lualbil

        Without hesitation, top glutton officials [TGO] from NAATH wont live without pockets swollen up through scamming, otherwise defection into KHARTOUM is continued...full stop.

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  • 13 August 2012 13:43, by kimo

    the international community , particularly the west and america look forward to see the 75 thieves brought to justices and the money they have stolen brought back,otherwise no body in the world is going to respect south sudan government... spla government credibility is at stake

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  • 13 August 2012 16:09, by 4Justice

    According to SSTV, Taban Deng Gai is on a visit to Juba to inform Salva Kiir that khartoum war plan continue to hover over Unity State causing fear among residents. O dear o dear poor Taban Deng isn’t convinced Salva is beyound useless!!

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    • 13 August 2012 16:26, by 4Justice

      Taban Deng my advice to you is go back and use a Bow and Arrow to shoot down the Antonov hovering over your state instead of wasting your time with dumb Salva. Seriously, remember the arrow boys in WES, they figured this out and did just that!

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      • 13 August 2012 16:58, by 4Justice

        When something is horribly rotten you shouldn’t put a peg on your nose and pretend everything is fine, hell no! the stench must be eradicated so that everyone can have a breath of fresh air! Jesus Christ!

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  • 13 August 2012 17:57, by Mapuor

    Mr Auditor General has done a great job.The other two institutions that did not sucumb to auditing are indeed the most corrupt ones.Their finances are being managed by semi litrate guys who are related to generals.Congratultions

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